‘Take 6 is the greatest vocal ensemble on the planet. On this subject there is nothing else to discuss.'
– Quincy Jones
When Saturday, 10 September 2005, 8 pm
Where National Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Presented by Waltons New School of Music
Supported by RTÉ Radio 1, The Irish Times, Brooks Hotel
This concert was recorded for broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1.
Vocal ensemble Take 6 has thrilled audiences around the world with their unique and uplifting sound. Since their formation in 1980, the sextet has sold millions of albums and developed a reputation as one of the most innovative vocal groups performing today. While never losing their grounding in bedrock gospel, they have built a style and catalog of songs from such diverse musical genres that their sound is happily and almost hopelessly difficult to categorise. Anyone trying to break it down would find themselves looking at a list that included gospel, jazz, doo-wop, r&b, 60s soul and hip-hop – and that’s just for starters. Take 6 remains the most original, innovative and inimitable vocal ensemble in the world.
Their work has been recognised by a total of nine Grammy awards and has topped Downbeat Magazine's readers’ and critics’ poll for seven consecutive years. They have also recorded and/or performed with an impressive range of artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, k. d. lang and Branford Marsalis. Take 6’s harmonic eloquence and vocal pyrotechnics represent some of the best a cappella ever recorded or performed, and they have consistently found ways to blend new influences and techniques with their own music, resulting in a musical experience that defies categorisation.
This was their first performance in Ireland.